LISTENING STRATEGY Taking Lecture Notes It's important for college students to take notes during a lecture – a professor's speech or talk. A lot of material on an exam probably comes from the lectures in a class. Information in class lectures is often different from information in the textbook for a class. Here are some suggestions: • Take notes. Don't “just listen.” You won't remember the information later. • Don't try to write everything. Note taking is not a dictation. If you try to write every word, you might not catch important points in the lecture. • Write all important information. How do you know that it's important? Your professor might do the following: Tell you what´s important. Emphasize it (say it loudly and clearly). Say it more than one time. Write it on the board. Give a definition.